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Washington – State Department Wants More Time To Process Clinton Emails

January 23, 2016 at 11:52 PM
Washington - The State Department is asking a federal court for a one-month extension to publish the last of Hillary Clinton's emails during her time as secretary of state, citing a complex review of some messages across different agencies of the government. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Friday the department wouldn't be able to meet its court-mandated goal of Jan. 29. About 9,400...

Albany, NY – Convicted Former Majority Leaders Skelos, Sillver Tapped Campaign Funds For Lawyer Fees

January 23, 2016 at 11:20 PM
Albany, NY - The two ex-leaders of New York's Legislature tapped their campaign funds for a combined $3.6 million last year in an unsuccessful attempt to beat federal corruption charges, a practice that some lawmakers are trying to ban. "When you get campaign dollars, people expect you to use them in campaigns," said Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Westchester Democrat. "It's not expected to be...

Tehran – Iran’s Leader Says Never Trusted The West, Agrees On $600-billion Trade Deal With China

January 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM
Tehran - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for closer economic and security ties with China, saying Iran had never trusted the West, as the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600 billion in the next decade. Iran's most powerful figure told Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit Iran wanted to expand ties with "more...

Iowa – Magazine’s Anti-Trump Editorial Spurs Republican Debate

January 23, 2016 at 10:43 PM
Iowa - An influential conservative magazine's rejection of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy triggered a fire storm on Friday, with Republican rivals saying it is validation of what they have been saying all along: that Trump is not a conservative. With Iowa to kick off the Republican search for a presidential candidate with its Feb. 1 caucuses, Trump and his aides reacted with scorn to...

Ankeny, IA – Confident Trump Says Could ‘Shoot Somebody’ And Not Lose Voters

January 23, 2016 at 10:17 PM
Ankeny, IA - U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump expressed confidence on Saturday that he could push back attempts by his rivals to knock him off his top perch, saying he could stand in New York's Fifth Avenue "and shoot somebody" and not lose voters. Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Trump's chief obstacle to a victory in Iowa's Feb. 1 caucuses, held competing rallies across the state...

Lexington, KY – Sleeping On The Interstate’: Hundreds Stranded In Kentucky

January 23, 2016 at 09:47 PM
Lexington, KY - What was supposed to be a relaxing weekend in Tennessee for Alexx and Kate Bragg turned into a grueling night of frozen gridlock along one of the country's busiest interstate highways. Hundreds of drivers were stuck on I-75 overnight after a massive winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in south central Kentucky, clogging cars and causing multiple crashes that created a...

New York – NYC Salt Shed, Hailed As Art, Gets First Winter Test

January 23, 2016 at 09:22 PM
New York, NY - The building looks like a modern art painting come to life, all angles and edges, with concrete walls that can look bluish or grayish or whitish, or some combination of the three. It would be an unusual structure in any setting, but none more than the fairly prosaic function it was created for — storing thousands of pounds of the rock salt that New York City's Department of...

New York – NYC To Lift Travel Ban Sunday At 7am

January 23, 2016 at 09:20 PM
New York - NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio this evening announced that New York City will lift the travel ban at 7 AM tomorrow in coordination with New York State. Individuals in violation of the ban will be subject to enforcement actions, including fine, summons, and/or arrest. The Mayor continued to urge New Yorkers to refrain from all travel unless necessary, and to use all precautions to stay...

Washington – Airlines Cancel Nearly 6,600 Flights Due To Blizzard

January 23, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Washington - Airlines canceled more than 6,600 flights this weekend as the blizzard hitting the East Coast brings major cities to a standstill. The bulk of Saturday's 4,440 cancelations are at airports in the New York City and Washington metro areas, according to flight tracking service FlightAware. Another 2,226 flights were canceled for Sunday. Those cancelations center on Philadelphia...

Bangkok – ‘Plane Wreckage’ Found In Thailand Fuels Talk Of Missing Malaysian Jet

January 23, 2016 at 08:38 PM
Bangkok - A piece of suspected plane wreckage has been found off the coast of southern Thailand, a local official said on Saturday, prompting speculation it might belong to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished nearly two years ago. A large piece of curved metal washed ashore in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, where villagers reported it to the authorities to help identify it, Tanyapat...

New York – Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Considering Independent Bid For U.S. President

January 23, 2016 at 08:09 PM
New York, NY - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking early steps toward launching an independent campaign for president, seeing a potential path to the White House amid the rise of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders. Bloomberg has retained advisers and plans to conduct a poll after the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary to assess the state of the race and judge whether...

Maryland – Baltimore Bans Nonemergency Vehicles Overnight

January 23, 2016 at 07:55 PM
Maryland - Baltimore is banning nonemergency vehicles from its streets overnight to speed the cleanup from the massive East Coast snowstorm. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is announcing that the ban will be in effect from 6:30 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday. It could be extended, if conditions warrant. The mayor says only police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances, snow plows and BGE utility...

Washington – Poll: Trump In Lead At 40.6 Percent

January 23, 2016 at 07:45 PM
Washington - Republican front-runner candidate Donald Trump has a big lead in the race for the 2016 presidential nomination nationally, swamping his opponents with a 40.6 percent share of those surveyed, a Reuters-Ipsos tracking poll found on Friday. The survey of 582 respondents found Trump with a higher percentage of the vote than his next four challengers combined, with Texas Senator Ted...

New York – Traffic-free Manhattan Transformed Into Winter Playground

January 23, 2016 at 07:30 PM
New York - An otherworldly quiet descended over the streets of Manhattan on Saturday as a muffling blanket of snow and a complete ban on private vehicles transformed a city renowned for its bustle and horn-blaring traffic into a tranquil pedestrian mall. As a blizzard that seemed destined for the record books intensified, officials closed all bridges and tunnels into New York and banned all...

New York – NYC Weather-related Death Toll Rises To At Least 3

January 23, 2016 at 07:18 PM
New York, NY - Officials say three people have died while shoveling snow during the blizzard in New York City and two more died of hypothermia in Virginia, bringing weather-related deaths to at least 18. The New York Police Department's Chief of Department Jim O'Neill told reporters Saturday one person on Staten Island and two people in Queens died. He released no further details on the...

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